Research Handbook on Employee Turnover

Research Handbook on Employee Turnover

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by George Saridakis and Cary L. Cooper

Covering the period of the financial crisis, this Research Handbook discusses the degree of importance of different driving forces on employee turnover. The discussions contribute to policy agendas on productivity, firm performance and economic growth. The contributors provide a selection of theoretical and empirical research papers that deal with aspects of employee turnover, as well as its effects on workers and firms within the current socio-economic environment. It draws on theories and evidence from economics, management, social sciences and other related disciplines.

Chapter 4: Two decades of employee retention, tenure and turnover

Peter Urwin and Emma Parry

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour


The purpose of this chapter is to examine trends in employee tenure and turnover over the past two decades, in particular during the recent global financial crisis. We also examine the relationship between employee demographics, specifically gender and age, and tenure–turnover dynamics. This allows us to consider many of the factors that might be expected to affect employee turnover. In addition, we examine trends in a number of human resource management (HRM) practices that might affect employee turnover, to examine how employers are responding to the need to retain employees, both within and outside of the economic downturn. The chapter begins with a variety of headline findings that shed light on the trends in employee retention, tenure and turnover between 1993 and 2014 in Great Britain. The findings are based on analysis of the April–June, 1993 to 2014 Quarterly Labour Force Surveys (LFS). This is quite an undertaking, as during such a lengthy period many of the characteristics that we attempt to track, experience either a change in definition within the LFS, or simply do not exist in earlier years of the survey.

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